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Health and Wellness

Health and Wellness

A collection of films that focus on health and well-being, medicine and mental health.

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Health and Wellness
  • Planeat

    Directed by Shelley Lee Davies & Or Shlomi • Documentary • 2011 • 72 minutes

    Where have we gone wrong? Why has the death rate from heart disease and cancer exploded in recent times? Why are the ice caps melting, the oceans dying and the forests being cut down as we produce the food necessary to ...

  • Let Them Eat Dirt

    Directed by Rivkah Beth Medow, Brad Marshland • Documentary • 2019 • 57 minutes

    Allergies, obesity, asthma, diabetes, auto-immune and intestinal disorders are all on the rise, with the incidence of some diseases doubling every ten years. New research points to changes in the ecosystem of microbe...

  • The Trouble with Bread

    Directed by Maggie Beidelman • Documentary • 2014 • 27 minutes

    Michael Pollan (author of "Cooked: A Natural History of Transformation") told the filmmaker, Maggie Beidelman, that her gluten intolerance could all be in her head. She half agreed with him, because the number of Americans buying int...

  • Alive!

    Directed by Vincent Boujon • Documentary • 2014 • 80 minutes

    The risk and adrenaline rush of skydiving can heighten the feeling of being alive.

    In this compelling documentary, five HIV-positive gay men spend a week preparing for their first solo parachute jump. The camaraderie inspired by the r...

  • Power to Heal

    Directed by Charles Burnett and Daniel Loewenthal • Documentary • 2018 • 56 minutes

    POWER TO HEAL tells a poignant chapter in the historic struggle to secure equal and adequate access to healthcare for all Americans. Central to the story is the tale of how a new national program, Medicare, was u...

  • The Providers

    Directed by Anna Moot-Levin, Laura Green • Documentary • 2019 • 82 minutes

    Set against the backdrop of the physician shortage and opioid epidemic in rural America, THE PROVIDERS follows three healthcare providers in northern New Mexico. They work at El Centro, a group of safety-net clinics that ...

  • In the Family

    Directed by Joanna Rudnick • Documentary • With Joanna Rudnick • 2008 • 83 minutes

    In the Family is a documentary film about predicting breast and ovarian cancer, the consequences of knowing, and the women who live with the risk. Beginning with her story of testing positive for the familial brea...

  • On Beauty

    Directed by Joanna Rudnick • Documentary • With Rick Guidotti • 2014 • 31 minutes

    ON BEAUTY is the latest film from award-winning filmmaker Joanna Rudnick and Chicago’s Kartemquin Films. The film looks at beauty through the lens of fashion photographer Rick Guidotti, who highlights vibrant indiv...

  • Into The Night (Part 1)

    Directed by Helen Whitney • Documentary • With Sharon Stone, Gabriel Byrne • 2021 • 141 minutes

    We don't know how. We don't know when. But death comes for us all.

    To be human is to wrestle with this truth and with the great unanswered question: How do we live with death in our eye? Do we go gen...

  • Rocío

    Directed by Dario Guerrero • Documentary • 2022 • 60 minutes

    Weaving together footage from over a quarter of a century, Rocío follows the family of undocumented Mexican immigrant and Harvard University student Dario Guerrero as they struggle to stay together in the face of his mother's terminal ...

  • The Wisdom to Survive

    Directed by John Ankele & Anne Macksoud • Documentary • 2014 • 56 minutes

    THE WISDOM TO SURVIVE accepts the consensus of scientists that climate change has already arrived, and asks, what is keeping us from action? The film explores how unlimited growth and greed are destroying the life support ...

  • Margaret Sanger: A Public Nuisance

    Directed by Terese Svoboda and Steve Bull • Documentary • 1992 • 28 minutes

    MARGARET SANGER: A PUBLIC NUISANCE highlights Sanger's pioneering strategies of using media and popular culture to advance the cause of birth control. It tells the story of her arrest and trial, using actuality films, va...

  • Congo: The Doctor Who Saves Women

    Directed by Angele Diabang • Documentary • 2014 • 52 minutes

    Dr. Denis Mukwege, the winner of the 2018 Nobel Peace Prize, is a gynecologist and the founder of Panzi, a hospital whose primary mission is treating women who have been raped - casualties in the Democratic Republic of Congo's decades-...

  • Do Communists Have Better Sex?

    Directed by André Meier • Documentary • 2006 • 52 minutes

    This is about sex. About sex in Germany and who, on which side of the Iron Curtain, was better at it. At the end of the Second World War, Germans shared the same culture, lifestyle, morals. But four decades later, everything had changed. ...

  • Latest News from the Cosmos

    Directed by Julie Bertuccelli • Documentary • 2016 • 85 minutes

    Despite being nearly 30, Helene still looks like a teenager. She writes powerful, physical texts with a caustic humour. As she herself says, she was part of a 'miscalibrated batch that doesn't fit in anywhere.' A visionary author, t...

  • Dying for Gold

    Directed by Catherine Meyburgh & Richard Pakleppa • Documentary • 2019 • 98 minutes

    In the biggest class action law suit the country had ever seen, South Africa’s largest gold mining companies were accused of knowingly exposing miners to deadly dust and disease.

    Now, harrowing underground foota...

  • Quiet Heroes

    Directed by Jenny MacKenzie, Jared Ruga & Amanda Stoddard • Documentary • With Kristen Reis, Maggie Synder, Beverly Stoddard, Kim Smith Peter Christie • 2018 • 68 minutes

    In Salt Lake City, Utah, the religious monoculture severely complicated the AIDS crisis, where patients received no support f...

  • The Good Breast

    Directed by Bernadette Wegenstein • Documentary • 2016 • 94 minutes

    THE GOOD BREAST explores breast cancer as ritual, presenting today's rise of the mastectomy in the U.S. as a modern form of breast sacrifice.

    The no-nonsense veteran breast cancer surgeon Dr. Lauren Schnaper believes that fear...

  • Us Kids

    Directed by Kim A Snyder • Documentary • 2020 • 86 minutes

    From Kim A. Snyder, director of the Peabody Award-winning documentary Newtown, comes an insightful, rousing coming-of-age story of a generation of youth leaders determined to take the reins and fight for justice at a most critical time i...

  • Forget Me Not

    Directed by David Sieveking • Documentary • 2012 • 88 minutes

    Leading documentary filmmaker David Sieveking (David Wants to Fly) weaves an astonishingly candid, loving and revelatory chronicle of the changes his mother's Alzheimer'€s has on his family. Although dealing with his mother's disease ...

  • Why Has Bodhi-Dharma Left for the East?

    Directed by Yong-Kyun Bae • Drama • With Yvonne Williams, Homer Nish, Tom Reynolds
    • 1989 • 137 minutes

    The first ever feature-length film from South Korea to gain theatrical distribution in the USA, WHY HAS BODHI-DHARMA LEFT FOR THE EAST? has received acclaim from critics and audiences around...

  • A Man's Place

    Directed by Coline Grando • Documentary • 2017 • 58 minutes

    "I've always liked to be in charge. Suddenly, I wasn’t in charge at all."

    The film starts with an empty chair and a simple, monochromatic background. Over the next hour, five men ranging in age from their twenties to fifties sit in the...

  • Away from Meaning (Lejos del sentido)

    Directed by Olivia Luengas • Documentary • 2020 • 88 minutes

    When Liliana was three years old, she suffered from viral encephalitis. As a consequence, she began to experience borderline personality disorder years later. Along with her family, she devotes herself to managing and coping with emoti...

  • Edith+Eddie

    Directed by Laura Checkoway • Documentary • 2017 • 29 minutes

    Edith Hill and Eddie Harrison got married in Virginia at ages 96 and 95. Dancing at the honky-tonk and going to church, their newlywed life is filled with affection, prayer and faith. Since tying the knot, both Edith and Eddie have ex...